Diesel Tech program procures Freightliner for training
Using a Centralia College Student Use Fee grant, the college’s Diesel Technology program secured a 2004 Freightliner to serve as a frontline training tool for the college’s Diesel Technology students.
The truck with all the technology of modern trucks but without any trailer, will now upgrade the available engines and component truck systems for real-world, hands-on exposure and training experiences.
“This purchase is a tremendous asset for the program,” said Jake Fay, assistant professor of Diesel Technology. “Up until now our most current truck has been a 1987 model.” The program has always had more modern components for student use, just not an entire truck. The purchase will now offer a more complete training opportunity.
The truck was purchased from Pacific Power Products at a cost of $20,000 using the grant that was awarded to the Diesel Tech program. Fay indicated that the retail value of the truck would have been more than double what the college paid.
The bargain was found by the college’s diesel instructors through connections with the industry.
“This is what’s out there,” said Fay. “Fully 70 percent of the trucks on the road today are like this. This model year is state of the art; components, such as the transmission and engine, are still in production.” What the students train on at Centralia College is what they would be working on in the field.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the truck is the newer electronics used throughout.
“Trucks today use so many electronic components that you can’t be a diesel technician without working with and understanding electronics. You need to know how to use the computer,” said Fay.
For information on the college’s Diesel Technology program and available class openings for fall quarter, contact Jake Fay or Ken Rakoz, associate professor, who serve as the college’s Diesel Technology program instructors.